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Bumble-Bee (livery)

Bumble-Bee is an informal term describing a New Zealand railway locomotive livery (resulting from the combination of black and yellow in the colour scheme) found in common usage amongst the railfan community. The livery, first introduced in May 2001 to promote level crossing safety to replace the Cato Blue livery and was initially trialled on Tranz Rail locomotive DC 4323, and over time was applied to numerous other locomotive classes up until 5 May 2004, when Toll Rail took over the rail system, and introduced the Corn-Cob livery.

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The first four locomotives that were repainted in the livery received the Tranz Rail "winged' logo. The logo was then replaced with "TR" sloping block letters, which most of the rest of the locomotives that were repainted in the livery received, including two which had received the livery with the Tranz Rail logo. Three locos never received branding when they were repainted in the livery. DC 4185 initially didn't receive branding either when it was repainted, but the sloping block letters were later applied to the loco.

As of January 2017, only four DCs, one DSC and three EFs still operate in this livery.

Variations

A few locomotives had been repainted in variations of this livery:

  • DSC 2678 was repainted in the livery, but with a red stripe running down the sides of its hoods, which are the colours of Canterbury.
  • DSG 3251 was repainted in the Otago colours of blue and yellow instead of black and yellow, with "TR" block letters on the logo hood, and a bumble-bee version of the Tranz Rail winged logo on the cab.
  • TR 874 was repainted in this livery, but in reverse with a black cab and yellow hoods, with a bumble-bee version of the Tranz Rail winged logo also painted on the long hood. This variation was called by many rail enthusiasts as the "Wasp" livery.
  • Although not an official variation, DC 4421 received KiwiRail stickers in early 2014, which painted on the front of the short-hood, and back of the long-hood.
  • Locomotives that wore/wear the Bumble Bee livery

    DC class:

  • 4012 - now in the KiwiRail Phase 2 livery
  • 4058 - now in the KiwiRail Phase 2 livery
  • 4185 - now stored at Hutt Workshops
  • 4300 - now stored at Hutt Workshops
  • 4317 - now stored at Hutt Workshops
  • 4323 - now in the KiwiRail Phase 2 livery
  • 4398 - now stored at Hutt Workshops and sold to Progress Rail
  • 4421
  • 4438 - now stored at Hillside Workshops
  • 4473 - now stored at Hillside Workshops
  • 4565
  • 4726 - now in the KiwiRail Phase 2 livery
  • 4847
  • 4853
  • DCP class:

  • 4450 - repainted in the KiwiRail Phase 2 livery and now stored at Hutt Workshops
  • DFB class:

  • 7158 - now in the KiwiRail Phase 2 livery
  • 7160 - now in the KiwiRail Phase 2 livery
  • 7200 - now in the KiwiRail Phase 2 livery
  • 7282 - now in the KiwiRail Phase 2 livery
  • DFT class:

  • 7008 - now in the KiwiRail Phase 1 livery
  • 7049 - under overhaul at Hutt Workshops to be converted to a DFB
  • 7077 - repainted in the KiwiRail Phase 2 livery and now stored at Hutt Workshops
  • 7145 - now in the KiwiRail Phase 2 livery
  • 7226 - now in the KiwiRail Phase 2 livery
  • 7295 - now in the KiwiRail Phase 2 livery
  • DH class:

  • 2822 - now in the KiwiRail Phase 2 livery
  • DSC class:

  • 2419 - now in the KiwiRail livery
  • 2678
  • 2746 - now in the KiwiRail livery
  • DSG class:

  • 3020 - now in the KiwiRail livery
  • 3114 - now in the KiwiRail livery
  • 3236 - now in the KiwiRail livery
  • 3251 - now in the KiwiRail livery
  • DSJ class:

  • 4017 - now in the KiwiRail livery
  • 4045 - now in the KiwiRail livery
  • DXB class:

  • 5166 - now in the KiwiRail Phase 2 livery
  • DXC class:

  • 5039 - now in the KiwiRail Phase 1 livery
  • 5195 - now in the KiwiRail Phase 2 livery
  • 5229 - now in the KiwiRail Phase 2 livery
  • 5327 - now in the KiwiRail Phase 2 livery
  • 5402 - now in the KiwiRail Phase 2 livery
  • 5419 - now in the KiwiRail Phase 2 livery
  • 5425 - now in the KiwiRail Phase 2 livery
  • 5500 - now in the KiwiRail Phase 2 livery
  • 5517 - now in the KiwiRail Phase 2 livery
  • 5520 - now in the KiwiRail Phase 2 livery
  • EF class:

  • 30013
  • 30042
  • 30071
  • TR class:

  • 724 - now preserved by the Wairarapa Railway Restoration Society
  • 874 - now in the KiwiRail livery
  • 908 - now in the KiwiRail livery
  • References

    Bumble-Bee (livery) Wikipedia


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